The draft circular - Planning for Future Prison Development' - does not require local planning authorities to treat proposals for new prisons more favourably than they treat other planning proposals but proposes guidance to them on the need to make adequate provision for new prison developments through the planning system. It considers the issues which need to be taken into account into selecting suitable locations for prisons and sets out the way that the provision of sites can be taken forward through the development plans system.
The draft circular points out that there is a need for Her Majesty's Prison Service to provide new prison places in locations close to the areas they serve and that there is therefore a need for local planning authorities to recognise the need to allocate land in development plans for this purpose.
For local planning authorities to make provision for new prisons in their development plans, the draft circular points out, it will be necessary for them to consult the prison service about likely areas
will take place during the lifetime of the plan.